Step onto the brick pavement and step back in time.
Walking along our "Main Street" you can not only peek into historic stores,
homes, a school room and other places, but you can actually go into them for
a close up look at furniture, clothing, tools, machines, merchandise, photos
and other artifacts of daily living. Take this stroll and you
will get a real feel for life and lifestyles in the late 19th and early 20th
century in the Geneva Lake area.
Director Karen Jo Walsh leads a mini-tour of Geneva Lake Museum.
Come to Main Street and see ...
. Turn of the century architectural styles
. Log cabin with Potawatami
tools & arrowhead
. Blacksmith shop, horseshoeing and ice
. Fire engine house with 1890 Hose Wagon
implements and tools
. Spring house for cooling milk
. Telephone switchboard
Dental Work Station
. General Store
. 1890's school room with teacher and students
But wait, there's more! Go beyond Main Street and learn about ...
The boats and yachts of Geneva Lake
. Chicago & North Western Railway
. The private mansions
. Frank Lloyd Wright's Hotel Geneva
. Legendary cartoon character Andy Gump
. ...and, don't miss the new Woodland People and Crane Windows exhibits
Museum History. Founded in 1983
the museum was originally located in the house at 818 Geneva Street.
In the 1990's the city moved the Waterworks Department, which had been housed in the 1929 Wisconsin Power & Light building, to a new
larger facility. The Geneva Lakes History Buffs persuaded the city to
let them use the old building for a museum. In 2004 the museum moved to that
building at 255 Mill Street. Taking advantage of the generous space the new
building provides, the Museum Board along with the History Buffs and much
volunteer help, created Main Street, Lake Geneva. There was
ample room left over for additional display areas, a museum store and
meeting rooms, which may be rented for meetings or special events.
Geneva Lake Museum Mission Statement
Geneva Lake Museum discovers and preserves the rich history that hides throughout Geneva Lake and the surrounding communities. The exhibits within the walls are time capsules that capture every essence of Geneva Lake and its people; people with amazing stories that unravel with every scene and every word led by our knowledgeable guides. These stories wait for people young and old who have the ears eager to listen, the eyes that are ready to be awakened and the open mind waiting to learn.